Definition of conclusion in English:

conclusion

noun

  • 1The end or finish of an event, process, or text.

    ‘the conclusion of World War Two’
    • ‘Similarly, the three daily periods of prayer at Taize lack any formal conclusion.’
    • ‘This means that as of today, he has just one audition to go - which means we are all closer to the conclusion of this process than the beginning, still an amazing idea.’
    • ‘Wembley in 1979 witnessed the most extraordinary conclusion of any Cup final, and the drama remains etched in the participants' minds.’
    • ‘Don't you see Kate; everything that I've done has been working toward this final conclusion.’
    • ‘It brings to a conclusion a number of events held throughout the year to mark the centenary of Canon O'Hanlon's death.’
    • ‘The final conclusion to the story arises due to the fact that the protagonist has affected others while in pursuit of the object of their desire.’
    • ‘I may have had some brief conversation with my parents but the night's final conclusion was a dive for my bed, where I stayed unmoving until daybreak.’
    • ‘The agent is now saying there is ‘considerable interest’ in the house, so there's likely to be a conclusion to this dreary process soon now.’
    • ‘It all adds up to a final, crushing conclusion in their friendship.’
    • ‘It is one of the segments which doesn't have a firm, romantic conclusion, instead the final status of their relationship is left kind of ambiguous.’
    • ‘But perhaps the only way for Sweeney to stop his terrible acts of revenge is to get caught - and the story reaches its final, dramatic conclusion.’
    • ‘The sounds and beats around me get louder in one final conclusion.’
    • ‘So the fact that I ended up extremely dirty at the conclusion of the event was no big deal to me.’
    • ‘The life force, the pulse carries you along to the final, exhausting conclusion.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the event, attendees will exchange their Sergio Day gifts as they enjoy the stupendous Sergio Aragonés fireworks display.’
    • ‘The rapid and final conclusion of figure skating's latest scandal could only have happened with IOC interference.’
    • ‘Dancing in the street at the Festival Finale for All on Sunday brought the inaugural three-week event to a festive conclusion.’
    • ‘Also included is an alternate ending that isn't quite as good as the final film's conclusion.’
    • ‘I really would have liked to follow the French theme to its natural conclusion and finished my meal with crêpes Suzette, but we were both rather full.’
    • ‘The Bush Administration is committed to seeing this process to its conclusion, starting with the President.’
    end, ending, finish, close, closure, termination, wind-up, cessation
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    1. 1.1The summing-up of an argument or text.
      ‘in the conclusion we highlight these and other important issues’
      • ‘But he's now tackling drug prices, and while he makes some excellent points, I wonder if his final conclusion isn't off the mark.’
      • ‘That is the strongest argument against the conclusions of the Green member who has just resumed her seat.’
      • ‘The project's still in process so our conclusions are only provisional.’
      • ‘These points, if taken at the trial when all the facts are out, will be available to the applicant at a later stage and we express no final conclusion about these matters.’
      • ‘Rushing through his conclusions he just finished his presentation before this unexpected deadline.’
      • ‘The final conclusion with respect to the effects of the transition to state-owned trade in the 1930s is vague and inconsistent.’
      • ‘That was the same conclusion of the final report by the CIA Iraq Survey Group.’
      • ‘The Court agreed with that proposition, as I shall relate, but disagreed with his final conclusion based on the importance of protecting research innovation.’
      • ‘In fact, it provides such a thorough list of file trading techniques that Wang only needs that final conclusion on p.258 to make his point.’
      • ‘However, as it seems to me, it is not necessary for me to express any final conclusion on this aspect of the matter.’
      • ‘Its formal conclusion was that Ray assassinated King, that he probably had help, and that the government was not involved.’
      • ‘You come to important conclusions and finish an ongoing saga of conflict today.’
      • ‘This approach is not so different from scientific thinking, except that this is only the first step in science, not the final conclusion.’
      • ‘The final conclusion of the study, then, is that more refined research methods must be applied to these activities and their systems.’
      • ‘It is a matter of fact which underlies the question of jurisdiction, however many questions of law there may be concealed in the final conclusion as to it.’
      • ‘I have absorbed their arguments, their conclusions, and their mortal dread.’
      • ‘However, we cannot end consideration with this formal conclusion.’
      • ‘I confess that I do not find the logic of the final sentence in that conclusion easy to follow.’
      • ‘The result is happy - if you follow the argument and its suggestive conclusions.’
      • ‘This is the conclusion on my arguments in the supplementary submissions.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun]The formal and final arrangement of an agreement.
      ‘the conclusion of a free-trade accord’
      • ‘I just think that it's time we brought this process to a conclusion.’
      • ‘Following conclusion of the registration process, repatriation will be increased from three to five times a week except Saturday and Sunday.’
      • ‘In 1665, a bitter dispute over mineral rights with the Portuguese governor of Luanda, led to a final, disastrous conclusion.’
      • ‘These are our NATO membership in May, and the conclusion of the negotiation process with the European Union at the end of autumn 2004.’
      • ‘The IIG will ensure speedy conclusion of loan agreements and implementation of infrastructure projects.’
      • ‘Passi said that his activities were focused on the final conclusion of the trial and the establishment of suitable conditions for its favourable outcome.’
      • ‘If you wish to supplement your written submissions with further written submissions, then you will have an opportunity to do that within seven days of the conclusion of oral argument.’
      • ‘The final conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the oil-for-food scheme would help the public to understand its complexities, the UN chief said.’
      • ‘The success of this Convention depends on conclusion of such AGREEMENTS.’
      • ‘China has voiced outrageous claims to Japanese territory that was officially returned to Japan after its conclusion of an agreement with the US.’
      • ‘In December, Japan and the EU signed a provisional accord that opened the way for conclusion of the final pact.’
      • ‘China is also expected to start full-scale talks for conclusion of an free trade agreement with ASEAN.’
      • ‘The second fund, which is undergoing conclusion of legal agreement procedure, will be designated only for Bulgaria.’
      • ‘News about stricter visa requirements came alongside reports of a Philippine-Japan free trade agreement nearing conclusion.’
      • ‘To the PA, Sharon is above all a challenge to the successful conclusion of the peace process.’
      • ‘Some even say the alliance could include Iran, and point to India's recent conclusion of a strategic agreement with that country as a sign of things to come.’
      • ‘And then the United Nations with Troika helped the Angolans to bring that peace process to a conclusion.’
  • 2A judgement or decision reached by reasoning.

    ‘each research group came to a similar conclusion’
    • ‘But regardless of what one's final conclusion is, there is one thing that is beyond dispute for me.’
    • ‘Ultimately I was unable to assist in coming to any final conclusion.’
    • ‘As a commuter with years of experience his final conclusion was mixed.’
    • ‘The final conclusion depends on analysis of the longitudinal data.’
    • ‘The final conclusion must be that our answer mainly depends on which side of society we come from.’
    • ‘Which leads me to my final conclusion: you came here for me.’
    • ‘Only after long and hard deliberations over many months did I come to my final conclusion that now was the time for me to take this next step forward in my life and my career.’
    • ‘At this level no final conclusion as to the exact mechanism and the nature of the intermediates can be drawn, however.’
    • ‘The Commission decision must contain reasons for the conclusion reached.’
    • ‘And my final conclusion on all these things is, that once you've find the historical James, you've in effect found the historical Jesus.’
    • ‘Well my final conclusion is that these types of conflict don't allow the luxury of clean hands.’
    • ‘She looked it over briefly before coming to her final conclusion.’
    • ‘The final conclusion was that people who live in well-off places usually feel superior and look down upon people who live in relatively undeveloped regions.’
    • ‘But there is perhaps a final and more profound conclusion to draw from these books.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, Koplow's conclusion is in agreement with the Bush administration that also wishes to preserve the stockpiles.’
    • ‘The sharing clause in a syndicated loan agreement cannot affect this conclusion.’
    • ‘I don't know all that's going on, so I can't make that final conclusion.’
    • ‘However, after several decades with many studies and a large number of reviews of implementation strategies, many questions still remain and no final conclusion can be drawn.’
    • ‘After the death scene is cleaned up the final conclusion of police investigators is simply that George Wilson had been a madman.’
    • ‘His final conclusion was that he would have to venture to new planets, unfortunately, with or without Bonnie.’
    deduction, inference, interpretation, reasoning
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    1. 2.1Logic
      A proposition that is reached from given premises.
      • ‘Alternatively, the premises logically entail the conclusion.’
      • ‘Reid gave Hume credit for taking Locke's premisses to their logical conclusion.’
      • ‘In both premisses and conclusions, these two strands of contract theory are, morally speaking, a world apart.’
      • ‘Suppose two or more premises jointly imply a conclusion.’
      • ‘The argument of this section has been brisk and obviously more has to be said to defend its conclusions and its premises.’

Phrases

  • in conclusion

    • Lastly; to sum up.

      ‘in conclusion, it is clear that the market is maturing’
      • ‘So, in conclusion, let's talk about something else.’
      • ‘So, in conclusion, when is the best time to visit Florida?’
      • ‘But in conclusion, let me simply say that after you leave the White House, a number of things happen to you.’
      • ‘The finished product, in conclusion, is far from perfect and we are left regretting that David fled so abruptly.’
      • ‘So in conclusion, as detestable and perplexing as it might seem, yes, it might be time to sell your house and move to Winnipeg.’
      • ‘John in conclusion stated that the future is bright for the club with an abundance of young players coming on stream and the population of the parish increasing at a steady rate.’
      • ‘It sounds like, in conclusion, more debt upon debt.’
      • ‘Finally, and in conclusion, I personally think that ‘Prohibition’ is never going to be a ‘good’ idea.’
      • ‘As they say, time is money, so in conclusion, computers are very important to our modern way of life.’
      • ‘I doubt that this will turn out to be right, but the point to be made in conclusion is that there is only one way to find out.’
      finally, lastly, in closing, to conclude, last but not least
      to sum up, in short
      in fine
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  • jump (or leap) to conclusions (or the conclusion)

    • Make a hasty judgement before considering all the facts.

      ‘they are imagining things, jumping to conclusions’
      ‘investigators jumped to the conclusion that tropical deforestation was to blame’
      • ‘Ruffini simply counted the use of certain expressions, then leaped to conclusions about liberal bias.’
      • ‘We're willing to leap to conclusions without the benefit of data, just like our ancestors.’
      • ‘‘It is too early to jump to any conclusion about what their final decision will be,’ he added.’
      • ‘But, one should be careful before leaping to conclusions about what the joke implies about the teller.’
      • ‘The brain leaps to conclusions based on a swift assessment of a ‘thin slice’ of information.’
      • ‘Just being seen in certain situations can spark giant leaps to conclusions with no basis in fact.’
      • ‘In a great twist at the end, they find out they have jumped to conclusions about the death.’
      • ‘But it is a pity that he has jumped to conclusions before looking more carefully at the evidence.’
      • ‘You only heard part of the conversation, and you've already jumped to conclusions about Patrick.’
      • ‘It's tempting to leap to conclusions based on a single performance graph or a column in a summary table.’
  • try conclusions with

    • formal Engage in a trial of skill or argument with.

      • ‘Some day I am going back to that same pool and I hope I may be permitted again to try conclusions with that rainbow.’
      • ‘Should he refuses the banquet, then we must try conclusions with an army.’
      • ‘Little appetite has the New Deal for trying conclusions with political champions.’
      • ‘It was no use to undertake to try conclusions with the foe in open fight.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was as well for the Pope that he died before trying conclusions with that tough and capable Norman.’
      • ‘The Athgarvan team journey over to Kildare on Sunday to try conclusions with the ‘Sons.’’
      • ‘But the sportsman proved again that you can try conclusions with the Russian fighters but not for will-power!’
      • ‘Gonsalvo, however, was in no condition to try conclusions with his well-appointed enemy.’
      • ‘If Canada really wanted to try conclusions with him he should do it in the context of class.’
      • ‘One of the many ambitions of the Athenians was to reduce all Italy, but the disaster at Syracuse prevented their trying conclusions with the Romans.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin conclusio(n-), from the verb concludere (see conclude).

Pronunciation:

conclusion

/kənˈkluːʒ(ə)n/